One inch of rain falling on one acre of ground is equal to roughly 27,000 gallons of water.

A one-inch rain will collect 600 gallons from a 1,000 square foot roof.

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Helpful Hints...

  1. Gutters, Gutters, Gutters

  2. Down Spouts

  3. Hydraulic Cement and other topical fixes

  4. What to Look for When Buying a House

  5. Read the Contracts...

Gutters, Gutters, Gutters 

Before typical rain seasons (twice a year) be sure to clean your gutters of debris.  Properly installed gutters will divert water to a certain area for run off.  One inch of rain on a 1,000 square foot roof will collect over 600 gallons of water. With out gutters that water will drip off the edge of the roof and add to the ground saturation.  With this much rain, ground saturation will happen anyway but why add to it...

Down Spouts 

Down spouts are intended to move water from your roof to a location away from your house foundation.  Often times when I go into a house where water is coming in a certain corner, after further inspection I notice that the down spouts stop right in that particular corner.  I recommend a $10.00 item that could possibly fix this issue - gutter extensions which can be found at most hardware stores. By placing a gutter extension on the down spout and running it out roughly 10 feet (trying to catch a slope away from the house), you are now moving hundreds of gallons away from your foundation.

Hydraulic Cement and Other Topical Fixes 

Rubber in a can, paint and hydraulic cement are topical items meant for quick fix or damp proofing.  They are not meant to stop water coming in due to hydrostatic pressure. Any commercial seen on these products show how they stop or shield water.  Pay close attention to how the water being introduced into the scenario shown.  It is under low or no pressure situations which allow the water to run freely past the product.  In those instances where pressure is placed on the product you will notice that the product is on the outside holding the water back and not on the inside holding the water out.  Let me put this in another way: Take a canoe which has a hole in it.  Using one of these products, plug the hole from the bottom and then place it in the water and sit in it.  If done properly, it will not sink due to the pressure of the water holding the product in place.  Now take that same canoe with a hole in it and plug the hole from the top and then place it in the water and sit in it.  Eventually the pressure of the water will be too great for the product hold back and the canoe will start to sink. These products will work this same way on your foundation under hydrostatic pressure situations.  The pressure building is too great for the product to hold back.

What to Look for When Buying a House 

One major factor in home purchases has become basement water issues.  A couple of helpful hints of what to look for can save you time and headaches. Examine all wood in the basement that is at floor level.  Check for dark water staining or rotting.  The darker or more rotted, the better the chance for continuous water problems.  But remember, concrete is porous and emits moisture so light stain or rotting can be expected.  If no wood is present, check the stairs.  Look at the back side of the stairs and view the treads.  Any stains on those treads can be water damage.  How high is the darker stains?  Another warning sign is Efflorescence.  This is the dissolved salts deposited on the surface of the concrete or bricks that are visible after the evaporation of water. The moisture that creates efflorescence often comes from groundwater, but rainwater can also be the source. Efflorescence alone does not pose a major problem, but it can be an indication of moisture intrusion.

Read The Contract 

Many companies offer a warranty for the installation of a system in your house.  Read the contract!!!  In some cases you need to have your system serviced by that company EVERY year in order for warranty to be valid.  A gimmick to collect more money from a home owner.  Here is how....  Companies will charge $150.00 + to come in and check to make a system they installed is working. If installed properly it should be already with no need to check.  They will run water through the system to make sure that it flows back to the basin but if the ground is not saturated, this could take hours of running your water. Most water will be absorbed in the ground even before reaching pump.  Then the pump is checked to make sure it is working properly (if it wasn't you would know it by then). Also, in checking a pump today there is no guarantee it will be working tomorrow.

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